Why you talk in your sleep

Sleep talking can be embarrassing and even disrupt other sleepers, but most people don’t even realize they’re doing it.

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Dear Dr. Manny,
My roommate tells me that I talk a lot in my sleep, but I don’t know why. What does it mean? And what can I do to stop talking in the middle of the night?

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Research shows that sleep talking is harmless and completely normal, particularly in males and children. But for more on how to stop yourself from sleep talking, we checked in with an expert.

“Stress, sleep deprivation, fevers, or alcohol can especially trigger sleep talking. Sometimes your words can relate to past events or experiences, but most often it makes no sense at all,” said Dr. Shelby Harris, Psy.D, director of behavioral sleep medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. “The good news is that it usually only lasts for a short period of time.”

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